Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How Much Thread Does It Take?

We have loved hearing from so many of you with our current GIVE AWAY. Remember, the deadline is tomorrow night at midnight, so make sure to leave a comment if you haven't already. We will be announcing our winner on Monday.

How much thread does it take to quilt a quilt?
Very good question!
To answer: it depends on the size of the quilt and the type of quilting to be done.
The most thread we've seen used in a quilt is 20,000 yards (10,000 yards on top and 10,000 yards on the bobbin) It is a beautiful thread painting entitled "Precious Water" by Hollis Chatelain.

Everyone's technique is very different, so the following are only averages. The numbers are for the top thread only. Double them if you use the same thread for the bobbin.

*The following size represent Light Quilting/Medium Quilting/Heavy Quilting.
LAP TOP/CRIB SIZE 200yds./400yds./600yds.
TWIN SIZE 400yds./800yds./1,200yds.
KING SIZE 700 yds./1,500yds./2,000yds.
We hope this chart helps you as you purchase thread for your next project.


  1. Thank you! I am going to save this. I am always afraid I will never have enough.

  2. Very interesting information. Thank you for sharing it will be of great use.

  3. Love the new blog - and this thread information will be helpful to those that actually pay attention or plan things. Myself - I just quilt it until it's done or I run out of thread, whichever comes first!

  4. What a wonderful blog! I love the fun stuff and I actually learn something too!

  5. Thanks for the info. I just started quilting so I was curious about how much thread to buy.
    chris chatten

  6. Fabulous threads at a real value for their quality!!
    Also love the helpful information on your website.
    And ...... your new blog ........... FUN!!
    THANKS for being there!

  7. Thanks for the info on the amount of thread for quilting...never think of that beforehand! Sure could use this win and get some of your wonderful thread!!